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If you are new to concealed carry and need a great resource for information, this is the book for you. This book covers all the basics a beginner needs to know. To the newcomer in the firearms world, the thought of carrying a concealed firearm can be daunting. Before you make the decision to exercise your Second Amendment right to bear arms through concealed carry, you should consider factors like what type of gun is best for carry, when to carry a firearm, how to carry concealed, and why you should carry a concealed firearm. This book covers each of these subjects in a way that every novice can understand. We carefully cover handgun safety and the proper steps for using and caring for your firearm. Other topics include cartridge selection, accessories available, practice techniques, and gun range etiquette. By the time you have read this helpful and informative book, you will feel completely at ease with your decision to carry a concealed firearm. "Armed & Smart" is an excellent reference for anyone new to the concealed carry world.

About the Author

David Bahde is a full-time firearms instructor, tactical consultant and writer. His work regularly appears on Tactical-Life.com and Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, among others. He contributed Chapters 3, 5, 7, 11, and 13 for Armed & Smart.


Terrill Hoffman operates Terrill Hoffman Photography and moderates Knifeforums.com. His writings covering both knives and firearms frequently appear in Harris Outdoor Magazines' various publications. He contributed chapters 2, 8, 9, 14, and 15 for Armed & Smart.


Paul Markel is the host of Sportsman Channel's series Student of the Gun and operates Student of the Gun University training program. He has extensive military and law enforcement experience and now spends much of his time writing about firearm techniques and safety for various publications. He contributed chapters 1, 4, 6, 10, and 12 for Armed & Smart.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Whitman Publishing (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794842054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794842055
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a good read for those that do not know their Constitutional rights or the ones that didn't pay attention in the concealed carry class.
Really it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know, but I am sure if you give it to a person in your life that wants to protect themselves but doesn't have a clue about the law this would be a good place to start.....wish I would have read it before i the accident....never mind....
Oh and save yourself a little jank and buy it used.....
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Watch sotg on my firestick so picking up this book was a no-brainer. I look forward to all of Mr. Markel's advice. He truly has a wealth of information to share. Nice book for the new gun owner, great explanations of all topics.
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I bought this for my wife but decided to read it while she finished the book she was reading.
Even though I am a well trained shooter and shoot competition, I found the book was a GREAT book for novices and a good reminder for those of us who have been shooting "all our lives" (really?).
If you have someone in your family new to handguns or you yourself only know minimal, get this book.
It is easy to read, easy to understand and gives you a excellent foundation.
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As a new member to the carry community, I found this to be the most beneficial book in my learning process. Full of tips and information for the beginner. Covers everything you need to know to carry and care for you gun.
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Very clear photo illustrations. Well written text. For a person new to firearms and concealed carry, probably the best introductory book available
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Has a lot of good information, especially for people who are just getting acquainted with CCW, lots of helpful things to learn.
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Excellent information. Very helpful and well written and edited.
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